One of the most popular off-roading events in the country concluded successfully in South Goa on Tuesday, 9th July, leaving the Mahindra community overwhelmed and content. The Great Escape off-roading adventure saw over 50 vehicles from the Mahindra stable, mainly Scorpios, Boleros and Thar 4X4s take on a challenging route through South Goa.
In the Stock Category, Mr. Dattaraj Lawande and Mr. Krishna Bhobe were announced as the winners. Meanwhile in the Modified Category, Mr. Earl Braganza was declared as the winner alongside Mr. Tejas Prakash Shindilkar as the First Runner-Up. In the Ladies Category, Ms. Maithili Bhobe took the trophy.
The event was flagged off from Club Mahindra Varka in South Goa onto some mud-splashing and rugged terrain set in a rather beautiful Goan landscape. The thrilling off-road adventure was initiated in 1996 to showcase Mahindra vehicles’ ruggedness and durability in all terrains.
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149th Mahindra Great Escape concludes successfully in Goa
July 9, 2018, Goa: The 149th edition of the Mahindra Great Escape, one of India’s most popular off-roading adventures, concluded successfully in South Goa with over 50 vehicles from the Mahindra stable maneuvering the challenging route. The event received an overwhelming response from the off-roading community with Mahindra vehicle owners from all parts of Goa and neighboring areas participating in the rally.
The rally was flagged off at 9:00am from Club Mahindra Varka, Salcete, South Goa. Participants entered the event in Boleros, Scorpios and Thar 4X4s- proving yet again the ruggedness of vehicles from the carmaker’s stable. These iconic Mahindra SUVs negotiated the arduous terrain and en route, the convoy of vehicles passed through slushy rain soaked terrain and streams. The rain soaked terrain ensured that there were ample challenges for all off-roading enthusiasts.
Mr Dattaraj Lawande and Mr Krishna Bhobe were declared winners in the Stock Category. Mr Earl Braganza was declared winner in the Modified Category, while Mr Tejas Prakash Shindolkar emerged as the First Runner-up. In the Ladies Category, Ms Maithili Bhobe was declared the winner.
Wrapped in a blanket of green, with gurgling streams and rolling hills, Goa offered a picturesque setting for a day of fun-filled off-roading. As a hub for off-roaders, Goa gave auto enthusiasts the perfect opportunity to enjoy the monsoon and tackle the challenging routes the state has to offer.
The Great Escape was first conceptualized in 1996 as a non-competitive, off-road rally meant to encourage the company’s customers to test the strength and performance of their vehicles on terrain other than tarmac. Over the years, the Great Escape has developed the reputation of being one of India’s most thrilling off-road events with each edition seeing enthusiastic participation from die-hard fans and customers alike.
The first season of the Off-Roading Trophy, Mahindra’s all-India off-road championship was held in Goa in 2012. The best off-roaders from around the country fight for top honors and to win a new Mahindra Thar CRDe 4×4.